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The Student Athlete Advisory Committee, VCU Athletics, Massey Cancer Center and Green Unity present "Meet the Rams: Make a Change" at the Compass, outside Hibbs Hall. Attendees are invited to donate loose change to Massey Cancer Center, bring another school's T-shirt to exchange for a new VCU T-shirt, meet the VCU student-athletes and hang out with Rodney the Ram. Green Unity will recycle all of the T-shirts that are collected. For more information, contact Matt Kirkpatrick at mrkirkpatrick@vcu.edu or visit http://www.vcuathletics.com.

The Department of History hosts the "Chew and View" film series in the Department of History, 811 S. Cathedral Place, Room 102. "The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend" documents the lives of a group of African-American women from Alabama who see their lives radically changed as their artwork is suddenly recognized and embraced by the elite American museum world. For more information, contact Debbi Price at pricedL3@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1635 or visit http://history.vcu.edu/170.html.

The Department of Mathematics holds a Colloquium talk featuring Joel Hamkins, City University of New York, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2104. Hamkins will give a general introduction to the theory of infinite games, using infinite chess, chess played on an infinite chessboard stretching without bound in every direction, as a central example. For more information, contact Sean Cox at scox9@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8604 or visit http://math.vcu.edu/homepage-2/colloquia/department-coloquium/.

Health Disparities Organization hosts "Cultures for a Cause," a night of Indo-Pak food and live cultural performances, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Performances will include the Chinese Lion Dance, Muevelo, Tiranga and Bengali Dance and the food will be catered by Noorani Kabab House. Tickets may be purchased at Breakpoint as well as at the door. For more information, contact Salma Omer at omersa@vcu.edu.

This week

Quidditch at VCU hosts University of Richmond Quidditch at Petronius Park, 1400 Idlewood Ave. Quidditch is a full contact, co-ed sport that was adapted from the Harry Potter series and is sweeping across college campuses around the world. Find the Wizengamot Quidditch Club on Facebook for details. For more information, contact Emily Mitchell at mitchellem3@vcu.edu.

VCU Opera presents "Opera Scenes," a free performance by the award-winning opera training program at VCU Music, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. For more information, contact VCU Music at music@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1166 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/2014/10/16/opera-scenes/.

Students Helping Honduras hosts a "Honduran Cookout Fiesta" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1105, to raise funds to support the planting of a papaya farm for Students Helping Honduras's Children's Homes in Villa Soleada, a rural Honduran village. This project will help to provide a sustainable food source for the homes and enable SHH to reach more youth with its programs. There is a minimum donation of $5 to attend the event. For more information, contact Christiana Omland at omlandce@vcu.edu or visit http://fundaround.it/511ll5.

Coming up

School of Dentistry presents Susan McKernan, D.D.S., Ph.D., University of Iowa, speaking on "Dental Workforce Analysis" in the School of Dentistry, Room 3121. Workforce monitoring (methods and trends), incorporating workforce data into research, with specific examples from Iowa, and a discussion about national trends and issues in dental workforce will be discussed. This talk would also be of interest to those involved in workforce analysis in other health care fields. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Jennifer Curtis at jmcurtis@vcu.edu or visit https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0017-0015-ffc9b526a4e441da9e22aecd9c08531b.

Green Unity 4 VCU holds a benefit show for the James River Association and the Richmond Wildlife Center at the Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Raffle tickets will be sold prior to the event to win prizes from local businesses. All proceeds will be going to the two organizations. For more information, contact Jessica Shim at shimj2@vcu.edu or (804) 822-2684.

Rams in Recovery welcomes SMART Recovery President Tom Horvath, Ph.D., to guest facilitate a SMART Recovery meeting at the Baptist College Ministry, 819 South Cathedral Place. SMART Recovery is an international non-profit organization which provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviors through mutual help meetings like this one. For more information, contact Kristen Kidd Donovan at kkdonovan@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2086.

Notices

April is VCU Alumni Month

VCU Alumni accepts events and programs to include in the April 2015 VCU Alumni Month schedule of events. If a department has a program, lecture, performance or event occurring in April to promote to alumni as part of the month-long series of events, send the information to the contact below. For more information, contact Diane Stout-Brown at dstout@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7020.

SVEA Scholastic Book Fair

The Student Virginia Education Association holds a Scholastic book fair sale from Nov. 17-21, in Oliver Hall, Third Floor. For more information, contact Matt Gaskin at gaskinme@vcu.edu.

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